If you’ve been keeping up with Florida life lately, you probably know that governor Ron DeSantis is on a one-man crusade to turn the place into an uninhabitable hell. So far, that campaign has included signing the bigoted “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, banning Medicaid to cover gender-affirming care for transgender people, and firing an elected official for refusing to prosecute pregnant people. who seek abortions; scorched earth at a major company that dared to disagree with him on LGBTQ+ issues; bullying the Special Olympics; and signing the ludicrous “Stop WOKE” law, which kills schools and private and while there is little hope for Floridians living under this little tyrant, they got rare good news on Thursday when a district judge declared the “Stop WOKE” law a no go.
In a 44-page ruling, the U.S. district judge Mark Walker said the law regulating race-based conversations is unconstitutional, writing it violates the First Amendment and, according to the Associated Press, is “unacceptably vague.” Say Gay” legislation, the “Stop WOKE Act” is written in such a way that teachers and corporations can be sued for just about anything. “It’s unclear what’s banned, even less clear what’s allowed,” Walker wrote, adding : “Imagine an employer, in a mandatory dispute resolution seminar, citing the civil disobedience exemplified by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi as a peaceful, preferred approach. Has that employer instilled in employees the belief that black and Asian people are morally superior to whites?’ Before the bill was passed by the Florida legislature, Democrats had argued that the bill would lead to frivolous lawsuits and would effectively amount to censorship. Life examples of schools or companies telling students or employees that they were inherently racist because of their skin color, their Republican counterparts couldn’t think of anything. senator Shevrin Jones said in January. “This was meant to not make white people feel bad about what happened years ago. At no point has anyone said that white people should be held accountable for what happened, but what I would like to ask my white counterparts is , are you an enabler of what happened, or are you going to say we need to talk about history?”
In addition to declaring the law unconstitutional, Walker declined to issue a stay that would keep it in effect during a state appeal. DeSantis has previously said he expects any setbacks from lower courts in the appeals process to be reversed.
The overturn of the legislation came as a result of a lawsuit filed by private entities, including Clearwater, Florida, a marriage registry company honeyfund.com, alleging that the law violated free speech rights by infringing on training programs. Another lawsuit, filed by professors and students, says the law effectively amounts to “racially motivated censorship” and will “stifle widespread demands to discuss, study and address systemic inequalities.” and open academic inquiry and debate, instructors are afraid to discuss topics like oppression, privilege, and racial and gender inequality with which lawmakers disagree. As a result, students are either denied access to knowledge or instructors are forced to provide incomplete or inaccurate information that is steered in the direction of the legislator’s own vision.” That’s clearly what DeSantis went for!
The Florida governor, who is running for reelection this year and reportedly has his eyes on the White House, has become completely obsessed with eliminating what he describes as “awakened” ideology, claiming in a December 2021 speech. that “waking up” is “a form”. of cultural Marxism,” and that anyone who adheres to such ideas “wants to tear apart the fabric of our society.” in public and doing it in the privacy of their own doctor’s office, but hey, that’s just us!